Recently released: the seventh book in Alexander McCall Smith No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The series follows the adventures of detective Precious Ramotswe, who runs a detective agency out of her husband’s garage. In this installment, Mma Ramotswe investigates a kitchen thief, witchcraft at a game preserve, and some instances of blackmail.
I’ve enjoyed these books for some time, and so I was happy to learn that McCall Smith is a law professor at the University of Edinburgh. (I admire lawprofs who are multi-talented). After becoming a professor, he helped establish a law school at the University of Botswana and drafted a treatise on criminal law in Botswana. He has also been a visitor at SMU law school.
Despite the author’s legal background, these books are really not about law, although occasionally it creeps in. Come to think of it, the books really aren’t strictly detective stories either. They’re about ethics, they’re about African culture, they’re about the characters who you feel you already know. More the foundations of law than the law itself.
If you’re looking for a great series to start your summer off right, these books are beautifully written, profound, and life-affirming. And how can you resist a book with the title “The Kalahari Typing School for Men”?